The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

October 24, 2018

The Fall Federal Government Small Business Procurement and Technology Plus Expo will primarily feature small businesses who would like to educate, provide information, and market their products and services to procurement representatives. Small business categories that will be represented include...

October 24, 2018

On October 24, 2018, USPTO in collaboration with AIPLA will host the 25 th Anniversary of the annual Partnering in Patents event. This is an open dialog between USPTO and AIPLA. The event will have a focus session in the morning related to patent examination, followed by a series of presentations...

October 25, 2018

Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark (USPTO) Regional Director at the 44th Annual Intellectual Property Law Institute. The Regional Director will provide remarks on the latest USPTO activities and initiatives. For more information about the 44th Annual Intellectual...

October 25, 2018

In October, EFS-Web and Private PAIR users will need to use a new, safer, and simpler log-in. Learn about the changes at one of a series of virtual informational sessions hosted by the USPTO’s eCommerce Modernization team. Experts will share information about the new USPTO.gov account for...

October 26, 2018

The Trademark Public Advisory Committee reviews the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with respect to trademarks, and will advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO on these...

October 26, 2018

The Silicon Valley USPTO hosts a monthly Introduction to Design Patents lunch and learn session in its San Jose office from noon to 1:00 p.m. PT. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions during a live information...

October 27, 2018

Regional Director Molly Kocialski will teach a group of young entrepreneurs about if, when, and why they should consider pursuing intellectual property during a YouthBiz workshop. This workshop is one in a series put on by Young Americans which focus on information and skills budding entrepreneurs...

October 30, 2018

The 20th Annual U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) SBIR/STTR Conference is designed to educate attendees about America's Largest Seed Fund including how to apply for research and development dollars. The HHS's SBIR/STTR programs allow U.S.-owned small businesses to forge academic...

October 30, 2018

In October, EFS-Web and Private PAIR users will need to use a new, safer, and simpler log-in. Learn about the changes at one of a series of virtual informational sessions hosted by the USPTO’s eCommerce Modernization team. Experts will share information about the new USPTO.gov account for...

October 31, 2018

Mesa County Libraries, in partnership with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, will be offering free patent and trademark workshops during the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) grand opening. Please check back soon for more details and registration information.

News & Updates

August 22, 2018 USPTO Seeking Public Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

WASHINGTON – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it is seeking comments on the draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan. The draft plan sets out the USPTO's mission-focused strategic goals: to optimize patent quality and timeliness; to optimize trademark quality and…

August 9, 2018 USPTO Announces 2018 Patents for Humanity Winners

WASHINGTON– The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an initiative promoting game-changing innovations to address…

July 27, 2018 USPTO Launches Anti-Counterfeiting Video Contest

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the launch of an anti-counterfeiting video contest during the National Trademark Exposition. The “Consumers Combat Counterfeits" contest invites entrants to submit creative videos to help  raise awareness about…

June 20, 2018 USPTO Adds Additional Schools to Law School Clinic Certification Program

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that 20 new law schools have joined the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, and five currently participating law schools have added a second clinic program, during the 2016-2018 expansion. Eight law…

June 19, 2018 United States Issues Patent Number 10,000,000

WASHINGTON -  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued U.S. patent number 10 million. More than just a number, patent 10 million celebrates the rich history and strength of the American intellectual property system dating back to the first U.S. patent, signed 228 years…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Announces Recipients of 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the recipients of the 2017 Patent Pro Bono Achievement Certificate in recognition of individuals who help make the Patent Pro Bono Program available to financially under-resourced…

May 15, 2018 USPTO Seeks Nominations for Patent and Trademark Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON - The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations to fill upcoming vacancies for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). Nominations must be postmarked or electronically transmitted on or before July…

May 9, 2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Keynote 2018 National Trademark Expo

WASHINGTON -  The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the 2018 National Trademark Expo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.…